eDispatch Vol 62

A NOTE FROM THE CEO

You've probably seen the beta release announcement for our IFC (Industry Foundation Class) translator. For those of you unaware of IFC technology, it is a collaboration standard for exchanging building information between design systems. It has been developed over the past ten years by the IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability), an organization comprised of representatives from companies in the design, construction, and technology sectors, as well as government entities and large facility owners and managers. The goal of IFCs is to provide a durable, shareable semantic model of a building project that (in theory) will increase the efficiency of communication and reduce project costs over a building's lifecycle.

The Nemetschek group has been a world leader in the design and implementation of IFC, and, with its support for this file format, VectorWorks Architect now has model-focused interoperability based on this open standard. This augments the recent partnership with Adobe for document interoperability based on the PDF file standard. Today's global needs are to design, build, and manage a building so expansive that no single proprietary vendor format can accommodate the range of applications involved. With the support of IFC and PDF in VectorWorks Architect, our customers can now participate in the rapidly evolving world of electronic design collaboration that is gaining momentum in different parts of the world.

Currently the IFC translator (a VectorWorks Architect plug-in) is a beta as we seek certification from the IAI. We'll release a final edition when requirements for certification are met. But for those of you on the leading edge of multi-product collaboration, we think we have an exciting improvement for you today.


Sincerely,
Sean Flaherty
Sean Flaherty
CEO, Nemetschek North America

VectorWorks Onsite Training

IN THIS ISSUE

•Tech Tips
•User News
•Company News
•Events
•User Profile
•Featured Partner
•Meet Our Staff


•MEET OUR STAFF

Tara Mosby

Introducing Tara Mosby, Nemetschek's sales support manager. Tara started at NNA almost 7 years ago. She manages the daily activities of the customer service team and is responsible for supporting and maintaining NNA's order processing systems and procedures.

If I could be someone famous for a day, I would be...
Simon Cowell. He gets paid to tell it like it is.

My biggest guilty pleasure is...
Shopping! Just ask my husband.

If I were a cartoon character, I would be...
Betty Boop. I used to love her when I was a kid.

The thing most people don't know about me is....
I was heavily into import car racing and customization. Ever seen "Pimp My Ride"?

When I was young I...
Thought I could sing and wanted to be on Star Search.

If I had a million dollars, I would....
Pay off my bills, save a little, travel, and hire a personal chef, because I don't like to cook.


CONTACT US

GENERAL INFORMATION
Phone: 410-290-5114
Fax: 410-290-7266
Web: www.nemetschek.net

ORDERING INFORMATION
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E-mail: sales@nemetschek.net

EVENT INFORMATION
E-mail: marketing@nemetschek.net

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
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E-mail: tech@nemetschek.net

SPANISH-SPEAKING CUSTOMERS:
In the continental United States, call 877-202-8937 toll free. Outside the US, call 443-542-0730.

•TECH TIPS

Changing the angle and scale of a RenderWorks texture: When drafting 3D objects with a texture, such as bricks on a solid, the texture may not always be set to the desired scale or angle. READ MORE

Different ways to organize column data in a worksheet: There are three different functions to manipulate data in a column. READ MORE

Find resources using the resource browser: Searching for a specific symbol, texture, or any other resource does not have to take too much of your time. READ MORE


•USER NEWS

Dirtworks Principal Presents at ASLA-NY Event and Meristem Forum: VectorWorks Landmark user David Kamp, ASLA, LF, principal of Dirtworks, PC, will help the ASLA-NY celebrate Landscape Architecture Month with a presentation on "Collaboration in the Garden: Creating Restorative Environments." The event will be held at the Arsenal, Central Park, 5th Avenue at 64th Street, New York, NY, on April 16, 2007. Kamp also recently co-convened the first Meristem Forum, "Restorative Commons for Community Health." Renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, M.D., of New York University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was the keynote speaker. READ MORE

Plug in to "Top 7 Productivity Tips" Vectortasks Podcast: Seattle VectorWorks user group leader Tom Greggs gives a two thumbs-up to Pat Stanford and Dan Jansenson's latest Vectortasks™ PodCAD podcast. Francois Levy, head of Austin's user group, pitched in to provide input for "Top 7 Productivity Tips." "Thoughtful, kind, enthusiastic," says Greggs. "This deserves to be shared."
Watch "Top 7 Productivity Tips" podcast
Watch all PodCAD podcasts


•COMPANY NEWS

Public Beta Open for Upcoming IFC Version 2x3 Plug-in and GSA-compliant Space Object: Beta versions of the upcoming IFC v.2x3 plug-ins and a new GSA-compliant Space object are now available for download and testing by VectorWorks Architect users. The IFC plug-ins allow VectorWorks Architect users to export VectorWorks files as IFC files, as well import IFC files from other IFC-compatible Building Information Modeling (BIM) programs. This data can then be used throughout a construction project's life cycle, for applications that include costing and quantity surveying, energy analysis, structural design and detailing, facility management and space analysis, and building performance modeling, such as code compliance and interference checking. READ MORE

VectorWorks Spotlight 12.5 Donated to USITT Raffle: Nemetschek North America has donated VectorWorks Spotlight 12.5 to a winner of the Behind the Scenes raffle held at the 2007 USITT Conference. The Long Reach Long Riders and the ESTA Foundation raised a total of $17,800 for Behind the Scenes at the annual trade show for entertainment industry. Behind the Scenes, an ESTA Foundation initiative, provides grants to seriously ill or injured industry members that may be used for medical care and living expenses. READ MORE

May VectorWorks Training in Toronto and Columbia, MD: Introduction to VectorWorks and VectorWorks Fundamentals will be offered May 14-16 in Toronto and May 23-25 in Columbia, Maryland. For complete details and to register, visit the VectorWorks Professional Learning Series web page.

Nemetschek Job Openings: Nemetschek North America, a world leader in architectural, landscape and entertainment design software, is looking to fill several positions:

Architectural Industry Specialist to help support the company's marketing, sales and product development teams and help drive growth of line if architectural design software. As a key member of the team you will work closely with our most valued customers—including AIA award design firms-to help develop "best practices" and ensure their success through proper use of our software.

Landscape Architecture Industry Specialist to help support the company's marketing, sales and product development teams and help drive the growth of its line Landscape design software. As a key member of the team you will work closely with our most valued customers—including ASLA, ANLA, and PLANET, award winning design firms-to help develop "best practices" and ensure their success through proper use of our software.

Senior Technical Writer to write, edit, organize, and maintain complex, highly-graphical technical manuals and on-line help.

Quality Assurance Specialist to work with our software engineers & testers to help ensure our products meet the highest expectations.

Software Engineer—We have multiple positions available and are eager to hear from software engineers with a strong knowledge of Windows GUI programming or significant experience with AutoCAD or the DXF/DWG file formats.

•Sales Representatives—We're looking for enthusiastic individuals with strong communication skills and positive attitudes to be part of its flourishing team. READ MORE


•EVENTS

Trade Shows
April 19-20: ASLA Central States Conference, Kansas City, MO
May 03-05: AIA 2007 National Convention, San Antonio, TX, Booth #11149
May 17-18: JLC Live S. California, Long Beach, CA
May 30-Jun 1: PCBC, San Francisco, CA
All Trade Shows

Training
May 14-16: Intro to VectorWorks and VectorWorks Fundamentals, Toronto, ON
May 23-25: Intro to VectorWorks and VectorWorks Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
Jun 4-6: Intro to VectorWorks and Architect Fundamentals, San Francisco, CA
Jun 6-8: Intro to VectorWorks and Architect Fundamentals, Columbia, MD
Jun 14-15: 3D Modeling and Rendering, NY, NY
All Training

User Group Meetings
Apr 18: Cincinatti VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Apr 19: NY VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Apr 24: Austin VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Apr 24: Connecticut VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Apr 24: Joint Philly/E. PA VectorWorks User Group Meeting
Apr 24: Minnesota VectorWorks User Group Meeting
All User Group Meetings

Other Events
Apr 17: Lunch & Learn: Benefits of BIM Using VectorWorks, Tampa, FL
Apr 17: Lunch & Learn: 3D Modeling and Presentation Tools, Columbus, OH
Apr 18: Lunch & Learn: 3D Modeling and Presentation Tools, Cincinatti, OH


•USER PROFILE

Sacco + McKinneySacco + McKinney: One of America's oldest and most respected academic institutions turned to Sacco + McKinney Architects to restore and renovate its buildings for future generations. And the specialists in historic restoration and renovation relied on VectorWorks to help them complete the project.
Visit the case studies page of Nemetschek North America's web site read the full story and see more images in "VectorWorks Helps Revitalize Amherst College."


•FEATURED PARTNER

CAD details
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